Cyclists and members of the all-important support crew in Tasmania before the trip up to Brisbane for the start of the Headin’ South For A Cure tour. Photo Warren Frey
As many of us reach for a hangover cure, nine Tasmanian firefighters will cycle out of Brisbane City Fire Station at 5.30am on New Years Day, on an epic 14-day cycling journey south to Hobart. There will be no rest and it is not a relay. The cyclists will average 160km of pedalling a day.
The inaugural ‘Headin’ South For A Cure’ charity bike-ride will make Byron Bay the first stop on the route. The aim of the trip is to raise $100,000 for cancer research and the Headin’ South crew have teamed up with the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) and all the money raised will go directly to the organisation.
The nine riders will have an entourage of six support crew in three vehicles – along with a police escort – a formidable group on the road.
Since the official launch of the ride in April this year, the group has raised almost half of their goal total and hope to gain more support as they cycle away the kilometres on their trip home.
For more information, visit the Headin’ South For A Cure website: http://headinsouthforacure.com.
The route for the cycle:
Day 1 Brisbane–Byron Bay (170km)
Day 2 Byron Bay–Grafton (174km)
Day 3 Grafton–South-West Rocks (190km)
Day 4 South-West Rocks–Forster (180km)
Day 5 Forster–Newcastle (157km)
Day 6 Newcastle–Sydney (156km)
Day 7 Sydney–Moss Vale (137km)
Day 8 Moss Vale–Yass (153km)
Day 9 Yass–Wagga Wagga (181km)
Day 10 Wagga Wagga–Wodonga (134km)
Day 11 Wodonga–Euroa (158km)
Day 12 Euroa–Melbourne (162km)
Day 13 Devonport–Oatlands (196km)
Day 14 Oatlands–Hobart (83km)